According to the Australian government, it is estimated that by mid 2016, more than six million homes and businesses will either be in the process of receiving, or already have access to NBN services. It’s all part of an initiative to prepare Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure for the future. According to NBN CO, the NBN roll-out represents a ‘significant leap’ in the quality and speed of broadband access currently available to most Australians.
So far, the roll-out hasn’t all been smooth sailing. With policy debates and controversy galore between political parties it has been hard to keep track of some of the simplest facts. When and where will it be rolled out? How will affect us and what do we need to do in preparation? As the roll-out continues, it’s important for owner’s corporations and bodies corporate to start preparing for installation by registering their contact details.
Here is a breakdown of the basic facts you will need to be aware of as a lot owner.
What is the National Broadband Network?
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is an upgrade to our existing telecommunications network that is currently being rolled out, making high-speed broadband and telecommunications available to all homes and businesses throughout Australia.
Who is the NBN roll-out available to?
In 2009, NBN Co was established to manage the installation for all properties Australia wide, which will allow all strata schemes to take advantage of the service in order to be connected.
Registering your interest
SSKB is in the process of registering all buildings on the NBN Co website. With SSKB as the initial authorised point of contact, your committee will need to consider discussion on the following:
- Where the NBN access point is going to be?
- Are there any obstacles?
- Has your building been checked to ensure there is no asbestos?
- Will NBN Co be able to cable through the building or will they just cable to the main distribution frame room (MDF room)? There have been cases where there has only been a connection to the MDF room, from which the body corporate or owner’s corporation must then take the connection to all units. On the contrary, there have been cases where NBN Co have installed right through the building and have fit it all with conduits rather than pulling through existing cable areas.
- Committees will need to consider whether the fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) concept would work better to the alternative, fibre-to-the premises (FTTP).
- It should be noted that if there are any delays due to obstacles, which could cause NBN Co to delay, it could incur a cost as they would have to return at a later date.
It is important to prepare and discuss your community’s options with your community manager.
How it all starts
Once works are underway in a particular area, NBN Co or one of its contractors will contact the relevant strata manager or legal owner to verify the registration of a building.
A letter outlining inspection and installation activities will then be sent, the inspection of the building will then be conducted where information gathered will be used to create a detailed plan for how the NBN will be installed, and this should include a proposed date for works to begin.
For more information on the NBN rollout, contact your community manager and discuss options and procedures for your community. You can also visit www.nbnco.com.au